Zoo Will Name a Rat After Your Ex and Feed It to a Snake on Valentine's Day | 22 Words

Valentine's Day is on the horizon but, singletons, fear not...

Because a Texas zoo has presented the ideal way for you to mark the romantic and - let's be real - dreaded holiday.

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Here's the full story, including how you can get involved...

Now, Valentine's Day has become something of a divisive topic.

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While it's a historically beloved day for many, over the years its sentiment has become somewhat tainted.

This could be down to the fact that the world of dating simply isn't what it used to be.

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Long gone are the days where couples are marrying and having children in their twenties - these days, being single is more desirable than ever before.

And as a result, more people are getting themselves out there to "play the field."

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Thanks to changes in society, people are now free to date to their heart's content before they settle down - given that they want to settle down at all, that is.

But this free reign on dating has one awkward consequence...

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There is now a staggering number of scorned and disgruntled exes.

Yep, the dreaded ex.

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We all have at least one because, as you will know, some relationships - or hookups, if you're wanting to be really romantic - just aren't destined to be.

​Admittedly, there are some people out there who remain on good terms with their ex-partners...

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With some even going as far as staying as friends (this one is a massive no from me, thanks).

But, for the most part, exes tend to become nothing but a burden and a bad memory.

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Whether they cheated on you, gaslighted your emotions, or simply treated you like garbage, exes are known to leave a bitter taste in the back of our mouths.

So, when Valentine's Day rolls around every year...

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Singletons tend to sit in their bedrooms, eating all the ice cream, and attempting desperately to erase every memory of that person from their brains.

But there are many amazing ways in which you can alleviate the heartache on the most romantic day of the year.

Many singletons have taken to making Valentine's Day a day for loving themselves or their closest friends - "Galentine's day," for example, is a day to spend with your most beloved girlfriends.

But now, there is a new form of singleness celebration...

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And it might just be the best yet.

Texas' San Antonio Zoo has come up with the perfect way to diminish those Valentine's blues...

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And it isn't just looking at cute animals for the day - though that in itself sounds pretty desirable.

As a part of their second annual "Cry me a Cockroach!" fundraising event...

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For just $5, patrons can name one of the unsavoury creatures after their ex just before it is fed to the lizards.

And, for the first time...

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For $25, customers who are especially scorned can name a rat after their ex before it is fed to the birds, reptiles, and mammals.

But, while some of you may think this is a royal insult to the poor cockroaches and rats...

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The naming fees do go towards a great cause.

The zoo's President & CEO, Tim Morrow, said:

"We are very excited to be bringing this incredibly popular fundraiser back this year. 'Cry Me a Cockroach' gives guests not only the opportunity to forget someone who may have wronged them but also a direct link to the care of our animals."

He continued:

"These feeder insects and humanely pre-frozen rodents are already a part of our animals' typical diets. Although small, they really are the unsung heroes of the food chain."

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards a new and improved jaguar habitat and overhead trail system at the zoo...

Which spans across fifty-six acres, and plays home to more than 3,500 animals from 750 different species.

Their debut ex-naming event proved to be a huge success in 2019.

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More than 5,000 people from twenty-five different countries named cockroaches and rats, and the zoo posted special Valentine's Day videos to mark the unique celebration.

So, who's going to be named and shamed this year?

You can visit the official fundraiser here. Happy ex-shaming!